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What does AbGradE stand for?

AbGradE (Astrobiology Graduates in Europe) is an independent association with the main goal of promoting scientific networking among early-career astrobiologists. It was initiated by EANA and it is managed by an enthusiastic group of PhD students and post-docs who are responsible for organizing activities that foster networking as well as give a broader background in the different disciplines that Astrobiology comprises.
A biennial symposium based in Europe is the main gathering for this purpose. In the intervening years between symposia, AbGradE organises a one-day workshop in line with EANA`s topic.
Everyone is welcome to join and participate in AbGradE!

The content of this website as well as the symposia are under the sole responsibility of AbGradE.

For any questions or comments, please don`t hesitate to contact us via abgrade (at)

The first AbGradE Symposium took place on the 9th and 10th of October 2014 in Edinburgh prior to the EANA14 workshop.

In 2015, 2017 and 2019, we organized one-day mission proposal writing workshops at ESA ESTEC on 5th October 2015 in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, at the Ole Rømer-Observatory on August 13th 2017 in Aarhus, Denmark, and at the Hôtel Dupanloup on 2nd September 2019 in Orléans, France.

The second AbGradE symposium took place 25-27 September 2016 in Athens, Greece. The symposium was organized again immediately before the EANA conference, also held in Athens, Greece, 27-30 September 2016.

The third AbGradE symposium took place 22-24 September 2018 in Berlin, Germany.

AbGradE 101: Where early-career astrobiologists meet took place 25-27 May 2019 in Prague, Czech Republic, prior to the First General Assembly of the European Astrobiology Institute (EAI).

A joint symposium/workshop with the Europlanet Early Career (EPEC) Network will take place on La Palma Island (Canary Islands, Spain) from 16-19 April 2020, just before the first BEACON conference organized by the European Astrobiology Institute (EAI).